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24
May

Winnfield Rotary Celebrates 90 Years

Members of the Rotary Club of Winnfield celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the local service organization with a family-centered fish fry May 4.

The club was chartered May 13, 1927, when there were only a few Rotary clubs established in Louisiana. Shreveport was the first in 1914, followed by Alexandria (1916) and Monroe (1918). Smaller towns began to see clubs in 1922 (Natchitoches), 1924 (Leesville) and 1925 (Bunkie). A second Shreveport club (South Shreveport) came online just six weeks before Winnfield.

Wed
24
May

Head Start Winter Recruitment Underway

The Pine Belt Head Start Program is now accepting applications for children born between October 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014 for the 2017-2018 school year. Head Start is a pre-school educational program for children who are three to five years of age. The child must be three by September 30 of the school year. Head Start will consider those children not eligible for kindergarten, meeting eligibility requirements. Head Start will enroll children with disabilities who are professionally diagnosed as of their third for fourth birthday.

Transportation will be provided on a limited basis and may not be door-to-door in the communities we serve. Reasonable assistance will be offered to all perspective families, with the understanding that the agency my provide all, none or some transportation.

 

Wed
17
May

Dodson Town Council . . . . . . . . . . .

An attempt by Dodson Mayor Richie Broomfield to comply with state law and set salaries of Village Officials fell by a 2-3 vote after a lengthy, complicated and contentious discussion last week. The meeting also was highlighted by previous minutes not being approved because of public comments included in them.

Wed
17
May

25th Annual Bonnie and Clyde Festival May 1920 in Gibsland

The Authentic Bonnie & Clyde Festival Committee invites you to join us in Gibsland, La. on Friday night May 19, 2017 and all day Saturday, May 20, 2017 for our 25th festival as we take you back to 1934 with events planned for the Bonnie and Clyde Festival. This year’s festival is being held in memory of L. J. “Boots” Hinton who was the son of Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton who was a participant in the actual ambush. You will witness five factual reenactments of mock bank robberies and shoot outs in the streets! This festival began in May 1993 because visitors were stopping and inquiring at Gibsland City Hall and the local gas stations for information about Bonnie & Clyde and requesting instructions to the marker at the ambush site.

 

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Wed
10
May

Rotary Hears About New Airlift Operation at WPMC

The recent sound of helicopters in the skies over Winnfield is evidence that the helipad at Winn Parish Medical Center is once again in full use.

Hospital CEO Bryan Bogle on April 26 told the members of the Rotary Club of Winnfield that AirMedCare opened an airlift operation here on Feb. 14. He invited several representatives of the company to explain how this higher level of care can benefit individuals and the community as a whole. Reducing the time it takes for patients to receive definitive care for any medical emergency can save lives.

Wed
10
May

Couple Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary May 12

Travis “Butch” and Janice Carpenter were wed May 12, 1967. A true example of Holy Matrimony. Love, Your Girls, Grandkids, Family and Friends

 

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Wed
03
May

Delta Kappa Gamma

Three educators were recognized at the April meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma, for their many years of outstanding service and dedication to education. Ms. Linda Keyes was recognized for 25 years of service, Ms. Sheila Causey received the Golden Rose Award for 35 years of service, and Ms. Billie Ann Bates was recognized for her 50 years of service in the field of education.

 

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Wed
03
May

Freddie Shows speaks to Kiwanis Club, Tuesday, April 25

Freddie Shows, general manager and part-owner of Johnny’s Pizza, spoke to the Kiwanis club Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Shows has been self-employed since the age of 19. He has also been a preacher at the Jonesboro Church of Christ for 35 years. He opened a saw shop in Winnfield in 1985, an outsider from Jonesboro. After closing the saw shop he built several houses, built cabinets, and drove a truck. The Winnfield Johnny’s Pizza is store #4 for Shows and his partners. The others are in Jonesboro, Pineville and Alexandria. The Winnfield franchise was purchased at the same time as the Jonesboro franchise 6 ½ years ago so it has been in the works for a while. However, after Jonesboro they put in at Pineville and Alexandria because they thought there would be more business in a bigger place.

 

Wed
26
Apr

Bill Nash speaks to Kiwanis Club, Tuesday, April 18

Bill Nash spoke to the Kiwanis club Tuesday, April 18th about his new book “The Battle of the Longs”. Nash is a Pentecostal pastor and lives in Deridder. He spoke to the Kiwanis club previously about his first book “High Hat Sam” about Sam Houston Jones, a former governor of Louisiana.

Nash has studied the Longs all of his life. His great-grandfather was very supportive of the Longs, particularly Huey Long.

The Longs have been on the ballot in Louisiana almost continuously since 1900 beginning with Huey’s father.

The Longs have been on the ballot 67 -68 times. The Long that served the longest was Russell Long in the Senate for 38-39 years.

 

 

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Wed
26
Apr

Walmart Generosity Plus Rotary Dedication

One of the many axioms used in today’s vernacular is the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” That attitude is particularly evident in the partnership between Wal-Mart and the Winnfield Rotary Club. Through the philanthropy of the international Wal-Mart chain, generous check of $1500 was presented to Rotary President Jennifer Vidrine by local Store Assistant Manager Roy Mercer.

This grant money from Wal-Mart has allowed the Rotarians to work tirelessly to help provide for school uniforms for local students in need, to distribute a personal copy of a Dictionary for all 3rd graders, to sponsor leadership training for high school students at Camp RYLA, and to enable educational assistance for students with dyslexia.

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